Michael Mina Eyes a New Project in Yerba Buena

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010  |  Updated 12:30 PM PDT
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Michael Mina Eyes a New Project in Yerba Buena

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The highrise district surrounding Yerba Buena Gardens. Eric in SF on Flickr

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Former mayor and current most important journalist in town Willie Brown drops a hot rumor that Michael Mina is in talks to open a new restaurant in town.

The project—which would be Mina's third in San Francisco—would be located in the pedestrian walkway adjacent to the Contemporary Jewish Museum and word on the street is that Las Vegas nightclub mogul Victor Drai is also involved.

The specific restaurant space is involved is another question, but it's worth pointing out two tidbits: in his flagship, Mina already has a relationship with the Westin (where Ducca sits) but given the "difficulties of hotel restaurants and unions, even more telling might be that in RN74, he also has a relationship with the Millennium Partners, which has been filling out the Four Seasons/Yerba Buena Lane spaces.

When asked for comment, Team Mina could neither confirm nor deny, which always the surefire sign that there's something in the works. In the meantime, we'll take all intel to the tipline; story developing...

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